A Paris Apartment

A Paris Apartment

Book - 2015
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Based on the fascinating true story of a treasure-stocked Parisian apartment opened for the first time in seventy years.

April Vogt, Sotheby's continental furniture specialist, is speechless when a Paris apartment shuttered for seventy years is discovered in the ninth arrondissement. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there's a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. And then there are letters and journals written by the very woman in the painting, Marthe de Florian. These documents reveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly April's quest is no longer about the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It's about discovering the story behind this charismatic woman.

Publisher: New York, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin,, 2015.
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250067777
Characteristics: 378 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.


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Apr 20, 2018

The story is supposed to be about April finding out more about the owner of the antiquities she is appraising. But it's more about her indecisiveness about her husband/marriage and a man she met. I only finished it because it was for a Book Club.

Sep 23, 2017

An interesting story that I presume is based on some historical truth. Seems that many authors these days are writing in the alternating past and present mode. In a city like Paris it makes for a good story. If you don't read any French however you might want to have your Google translation window up! But the occasional French phrase adds an element of authenticity.

Aug 13, 2017

I loved this book...especially because I love Paris and antiques. A great way to tell a possible story behind an actual occurrence.

Mar 03, 2016

Enjoyable, especially if you like history, Paris or furniture.

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